Road Not a Rocky Place for Avalanche
Wojciechowski, Jim, Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL)
Byline: Jim Wojciechowski Daily Herald Sports Writer
It won't be greeted by adoring fans waving white pompons or holding large "White out" signs like at McNichols Arena, but the Colorado Avalanche figures to be at ease just the same at the United Center.
When Colorado forward Mike Ricci says, "We like playing on the road," it's more than lip service. The Avalanche comes to Chicago armed with an impressive road record for Games 3 and 4 of its Western Conference semifinal against the Blackhawks, beginning today at 7:30 p.m.
Colorado posted the second-best road record in the NHL during the regular season, 23-15-3, while leading the league in scoring away from home, averaging 3.78 goals per game.
Furthermore, the Avalanche captured the third game and the decisive Game 6 at Vancouver in the first round of the playoffs.
Colorado split two games in Chicago during the regular season.
The Avalanche evened this series 1-1 with a 5-1 victory Saturday night, scoring four times in a span of 4:44 in the first period.
"It'd definitely be nice to get the win after losing the first one at home here, and kind of get back our home-ice advantage," said Colorado forward Adam Deadmarsh, who was the No. 1 star of Game 2 with a goal and 2 assists. "We're going to have to be ready, they're going to be ready and I think it's going to be a good game."
Deadmarsh expects the same type of contest as the first two. The Blackhawks won the first game 3-2 in overtime.
"I think it's going to be very physical," he said. "Both teams are going to be driving the net, crashing, looking for rebounds. …